We are delighted to be heading to Longreach to run two one-day workshops focusing on connecting through conversation (Day one), communication and creativity (Day two). Desert Channels Queensland is hosting the event, which will be held on the on the 15 and 16 of November. We welcome anyone who would like to attend to contact Roelie Hartwig (email@example.com) or call 07 4652 7812 for more information. Read more about the Longreach Workshop.
This is an example of how the ARRC can work with organisations to tailor a workshop for your region – think about it and give us a call! Siwan
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch
The theme for this year’s actKM Conference is ‘Getting Clever about Knowledge’ and explores the question of how organisations can improve the way in which they generate and manage new knowledge.
The conference promises to be excellent, with several international and Australian experts covering topics ranging from the latest technology for storing and managing knowledge, through to cultivating wisdom, leadership and enhancing performance in organisations. Nerida, Matt and myself will all be presenting papers at the event, and are really looking forward to learning about the latest thinking and knowledge management approaches.
Why not make a trip to Canberra and spend three days immersing yourself in Knowledge Management (18-19 October actKM Conference) and Narrative Techniques (Connecting through Conversation 20 October), we would love to see you!
Siwan, Nerida and Matt
Last week I attended Dave Snowden’s Making Sense of Complexity workshop and, over the next few weeks, I am going to share with you a few of the ‘gems’ I learnt through the experience.
The first of these is about the need to differentiate between people who cook using a recipe book, and chefs, who are able to use whatever ingredients are available at any time, to make a meal. Following a recipe book provides the user with the security of knowing they will get a defined outcome, but it does not allow for creativity, spontaneity and an ability to respond in the moment. A chef creates something in the present, mixing, tasting and modifying as they go along.
In natural resources management I believe we tend to follow recipe books in an attempt to make sure we tick all the right boxes to achieve a set ‘target’. While there is nothing wrong with this, I think it is important to use the recipe book as a guide only, the means to an end, but not the end in itself. Allow yourself the freedom to adapt, reflect and experiment along the way, as this unleashes our creativity and enables us to get even greater personal and professional rewards along the way. For more on complexity theory, click here.
A storyteller, like a travel agent, can gather us up from wherever we are and put us down in another setting (John Leggett)
Using storytelling to share knowledge is increasingly being recognised by organisations of all types – private sector, government, non-government - as a powerful way of influencing people and effecting change. At the ARRC we use stories and story telling all the time, and to assist you in thinking about using stories, we have put together a new webpage on this topic for you to explore.
Delegates from Murray Irrigation, Namoi CMA (NSW), South West Catchments Council (WA) and the International Riverfoundation participated in the latest Knowledge Leaders training delivered by Bruce Boyes and Nerida Hart from ARRC and assisted by ARRC Director Dr. Siwan Lovett (see “Our People“). To find out about the benefits of the ARRC Knowledge Leaders training and how you could participate click here.
Knowledge Leaders training participants learn about information and knowledge management approaches, methods and tools